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Despite the dreary pandemic news, Searsport is lighting up and celebrating the season! If you just can’t get enough of creative holiday decorating here is a new one:

Decorating Searsport

In partnership with the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Community Wreath display, you can make and decorate a 3-D model of one of Searsport’s buildings. If you go to carverlibrary.org and click on “decorate Searsport,” you will find templates to print out of Searsport buildings to decorate and display. You can pick one up at the library or you can design your own. This activity is for all ages and counts as an activity toward a Searsport Badge. All will be displayed Dec. 18 in the Marine Museum windows at 40 E. Main St. For more info, call the library at 548-2303. I can’t wait to see the results!

Basket bidding

If you still haven’t bid on a basket at the library because you can’t get there during open hours, take a look at the selection by going to carverlibray.org, clicking on “here” in the second paragraph about the baskets, and it will take you to photos and description of each one. You can then bid or up your bid by calling 548-2303 during library hours (M-F, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m.) Bidding will end Monday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

Book Club

Better get cracking on January’s book! Book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Searsport Community building, 42 Prospect St. (Lions Club) at 1 p.m. January’s selection is “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake.

Paintings in detail

On the other hand, if you need a break from holiday activities, The Penobscot Marine Museum is sponsoring a free Zoom program called, “Peek into Paintings.” Educator Sarah Cole will be using high-resolution imaging to point out historical and geographical details of paintings in their collection on Friday, Dec. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Just turn to Facebook.com/Penobscot for this very interesting live event. If you need more information on these programs, get in touch with Jeana at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Dog licensing time

Our Animal Control officer, AJ Koch, wants to remind everyone that dog licenses are now available at the Town Office. Your current license expires Dec. 31. You need to bring your rabies certificate along. Also, if your dog has a microchip, give the town the number and your dog can be returned sooner if it gets lost, as the town has a microchip reader.

Winter Solstice Activity Kit

Friends of Sears Island is offering a free grab-and-go activity kit geared for kids 5 to 12 that has a winter solstice theme to it. Winter solstice, the longest day of the year, happens Dec. 21. The kit contains materials and instructions to make a beautiful solstice lantern, poems, instructions for tissue paper sun and star window decorations, handouts on the science behind the solstice and how it has been celebrated in different cultures throughout history.

Activity bags are offered at no cost, but donations to keep these programs afloat are welcomed. Families can reserve a kit at outreach@friends ofsearsisland.org. The kits can be picked up at Carver Memorial Library Dec. 15-31.

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You may not think your event is newsworthy, but most likely it is, so if you’d like to tell people in Searsport abut your project, please let me know! Send via email to searsportnews@gmail.com or drop by Frame By Frame at 101 E. Main St. and drop it in the box. Would love to meet our readers!